SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday au Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.
Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.
Some podcasts from Monday nights au Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.
Starts again 4th Sept. Then every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.
Check next week’s theme here
The Writers’ Group – currently free!
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description Join us afterwards for a drink.
Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.
Jude Cowan Montague is an artist, writer and composer with a multi-media practice that crosses disciplines. She is active in new printmaking, installation, poetry, prose fiction, film history, vocal work and performance. She is known for her innovative work with international news agency output. This practice developed while working as an archivist for the Reuters Television Archive. Her first collection For the Messengers (Donut Press 2011) re-formed edits from the Reuters output during 2008 as individual poems. Her album The Leidenfrost Effect (Folkwit Records 2015) was co-composed with Dutch producer Wim Oudijk and reimagines quirky stories from the Reuters Life! feed. She is a broadcaster and curates and hosts The News Agents a weekly hybrid news-arts show on Resonance 104.4 FM. Her latest book ‘The Originals’ is out on Hesterglock Press.
Alison Grace Koehler is a poet, painter and maker of stained glass. Her work in these mediums is interconnected. She has written cultural reviews for the Copenhagen Post and contributed to research at The Scottish Stained Glass Symposium and Trust after receiving the Bourse Leonardo. Alison has curated and performed in shows for Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Les Nocturnes de l’Aude, and The Edinburgh Art Festival. One of the longstanding poets at the Bordel de la Poésie, Alison brings her words into intimate as well as public spaces. Her stained glass has traveled through its own diverse settings, from Auvers-Saint-Georges forest to Berkeley Books to recent artist residency at Carbone 17 in Aubervilliers. Alison lives in Paris and continues to create independently at Atelier Lengaï. Her poetry, like her stained glass, is imbued with personal expression as well as happenstance, and shards of transparency.
Launching the 11th issue of Maintenant – a Dada magazine out of New York. 7.30pm-11pm at La Cave Café, 134 rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris. Métro Marcadet-Poissonniers (lines 4 & 12) See Three Rooms Press website for more details.
Oto Cronopio, 35 years old, from Nicaragua, writes poetry mainly in french and spanish, but sometimes also in english, portuguese or italian. Participates since three years in many poetic events in french, english and spanish communities (spoken word, Plu, open secret, Angora poets, slams at Culture rapide, Downtown café, Bnb, co-organizes a slam at Le Maximilien). Studied translation and hispanoamerican literature and civilization(Master). Actually spanish teacher at Éducation Nationale. Unpublished .
Open Secret! Your home for experiments in all the performing arts. Wednesdays (2nite!) at Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, then at 9, poésie muse-ic theatre divine comedy performance art & dance. Make your own major. Tonight’s theme is Under Pressure. With special musical guest Tim Watt, whose work ranges from the sweetly melancholic to the existential to the Rock of ages. (Bio below)/
London musician, now residing in Paris, Tim Watt captivates an audience with haunting melodies and complimenting soulful vocals. He has performed a vast array of shows over the years, from the neon lights of Las Vegas to such legendary folk venues as The Troubadour in London and The Bitter End in New York City. His songs are sculptured with poetic lyrical content inspired by the works of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Nick Drake, with more recent influences consisting of Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams and Jack White to name a few. The eclectic collection of influences ranging from folk to the punk rock movement provides a unique body of individual compositions to the listener.
Nupur Saraswat is a passionate stage performer, who brings an electric energy on stage along with her bold words. Her volatile words and performance style has been praised by the most sought-after lyricist of Bollywood – Javed Akhtar with whom she has shared a stage in 2016. She has performed for big stages like UN Women, TEDx, India Conversations, Under 25 Summit, and DPS schools.
Nupur, who is from Singapore, also runs a collective where she curates artists (ask her about your artist needs at Beasts of Bed and Battlefield). At an age of 22, she is a lot of things – a recruitment consultant, an environmental engineer, a writer, and a spoken-word artist. But more than anything else, she is “that girl with a flower in her curly hair”.
Kate Black-Regan is a performance artist, vocalist, and poet engaged in expressive art therapy. At the root of her work is a deep trust in the power of transformative growth through creative expression. Her art explores the potential to reclaim, re-story, and re-envision roles and narratives with a dynamic feminist lens. Originally from Philadelphia, US, she collaborates with a wide range of creative makers globally, facilitates multidisciplinary workshops, and is currently residing in Bangalore, India.
Open Secret! Your own personal experimental open mic – Wednesdays (2nite!) @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).
At 8pm, all-night open mic sign-up says “Hello, I love you! Won’t you tell me your name?” At 9 of the clock! 😉 Innovations in right-ing, muse-ic, divine comedy, wigged-out performance art, dream theater, & “You can dance if you want to.”
2nite’s theme is “Break on through (to the other side).” Let’s look beyond all surfaces & find real meaning…& break on through to the other side at Le Bistrot 2nite!
Zoé is a French actress and poet born and raised in Paris. She has studied acting from Paris to the USA and made her film debut with Marina de Van and Denis Lavant in the adaptation of Thumb O’Neil for Arte. Having recently acted in Srinath Samarasinghe’s On The Skin(Sur La Peau), in 2016 and 2017 she has been onstage with the Makizart/La Poursuite in Molière’s The Miser, and with the collective Les Jenous in The Miracle of the Deglingue. Zoé has been creating poetry since 2015 and performs here and there with visual artists such as Zoé Stark and 3615.
Accompanying Zoe on the piano will be Ed Bell, editor and co-host of Paris Lit Up.
Benjamin Aleshire is based in New Orleans, and travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. His work is forthcoming in Iowa Review and Boston Review, and he was recently featured in El Mundo, in Spain, and on SinoVision TV, in China. This summer during a residency at the Künstlerhaus Vorwerk-Stift in Hamburg, he created an artist-book of visual poems, ‘Currency’, from rags picked in the St. Pauli market. You can commission him every afternoon in front of Shakespeare & Co.